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CTCA earns Joint Commission Lung Cancer Certification

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) in Goodyear announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Lung Cancer Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. CTCA® at Western is the first hospital in the Southwest and only the sixth hospital in the U.S. to receive this esteemed designation.

“Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with lung cancer,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend CTCA at Western for becoming a leader in lung cancer care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for lung cancer patients in its community.” CTCA at Western underwent a rigorous on-site review in August. A Joint Commission expert evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with lung cancer-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed.

The Lung Center of Excellence at CTCA at Western is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art compassionate care to patients with lung cancer and to their families. CTCA at Western offers a multidisciplinary, interactive team approach for prevention and screening, while treating early and complex lung cancer through evidence based practice and research.

“We have consistently strived to provide the best care possible to our patients,” stated Mark Kharoufeh, RN, BSN, Assistant Vice President of Oncology Patient Services, CTCA at Western. “This certification provides a third-party validation of our high-quality, consistent approach to patient care, treatment and services provided at our hospital.”


Banner Baywood earns certification

Banner Baywood Medical Center is the first hospital in Arizona to earn certification for Disease-Specific Care in hip fracture management and one of 15 nationwide to receive this distinction. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to Banner Baywood for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

Many older adults are prone to falls that result in hip fractures, which can lead to functional decline, illness, and death. With the population aging and the incidence of hip fractures increasing, Banner Baywood started seeking certification two years ago to better serve this population and recently underwent a rigorous onsite survey. According to the Joint Commission, a certified facility must provide continuous safe, high quality care, treatment and services by identifying opportunities for improvement processes.

“This achievement is the culmination of an incredible journey and months of hard work on behalf of our patients,” said Laura Robertson, CEO of Banner Baywood Medical Center. “Gaining certification highlights our multidisciplinary approach to standardization of care, greater efficiency and, ultimately, better outcomes for the hip fracture population that we serve.”

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. It’s one of the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The organization’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care.